Leap into the Modern: Dance Culture in Australia from the 1930s symposium

Dance practitioners, performers, academics, students and the public are invited to attend a one day symposium looking at the creative and historical context of modern dance in Australia from the 1930s to the present day.

Exploring the unique art of modern dance from its philosophies and ideologies to its defining aesthetic legacy, keynote presentations will be delivered from dance artists, local and international practitioners, academics and critics. Highlights include oral histories, recorded presentations, film and performance.

The symposium is convened by Professor Rachel Fensham, University of Melbourne and Dr Jordan Beth Vincent, Deakin University. The program gathers an interdisciplinary field of researchers who have made contributions to researching this history, as well as individuals who carry the living legacy of modern dance in either their own histories or ongoing work as artists and curators.

Presenters and panel discussions include:

  • Dr Suzanne Robinson, musicologist, The University of Melbourne​
  • Mariaa Randall, Bundjalung/Yaegl choreographer
  • Meryl Tankard, director and choreographer
  • Carol Brown, choreographer and historian
  • Ruth Osborne, ​Artistic Director, QL2 youth dance
  • Tony Moore, Associate Professor, Monash University
  • Dr Priya ​Srinivasan, ​performer and dance scholar
    Marian Quartly, Emeritus Professor, Monash University

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Registration: $40 general admission, $36 concession, $32 NGV members. Includes light refreshments. Lunch not provided.

Location: Ground Floor Theatre, NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne 3000

This program has been funded through the University of Melbourne Engagement Grant 2017 with support from the Australian Centre and School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts and the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Leap into the Modern: Dance Culture in Australia from the 1930s symposium

Image: 1939 The Demon Machine in action, as produced in Williamson and Tait's revue, Around the Clock in New York, London and Australian capital cities 1936, 1939, National Library of Australia, nla.obj-234841600 (detail)

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